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Building Web Services with Java: Making Sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 075-2063321812
ISBN-10: 0672321815
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From the Publisher

The Web Services model requires developers to approach enterprise and Internet application development in a radically different way. Developers are scrambling to make sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL, UDDI and the other technologies that make up this new paradigm.

Key Benefits: --Incredible group of authors from all corners of the Web Services technology sector.

--Details the design and implementation of a production-quality Web Services solution.

--Illustrates both the new aspects of the Web Services paradigm and the ways in which the new model augments existing systems

--Addresses key issues such as security, working with heterogeneous systems, and the open source nature of the SOAP engine.

--Based on the emerging Soap 3.0/Axis implementation and discusses its relationship to the W3C’s XP project.

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The Second Edition of Building Web Services with Java builds on the expert insight offered in the award-winning first edition. See why this book won the Web Services Journal's Editor's Chioce award. The authors are among the leading architects of Web services standards and include current and former members of IBM's Web services team, the W3C XML Protocol Working Group, Apache's Axis project, and various Java expert groups. They bring insider insight into the design and creation of the tools covered in the book, and an understanding of the problems faced by developers putting these tools to work. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Java (Sams)
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education; 1st edition (December 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672321815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672321818
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,598,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I've been thoroughly impressed with this book. It throws a wide net over most of the current web services standards and technologies, and gives you at least an understanding of where they all fit, while still providing you with enough depth on the crucial ones (SOAP (with Axis), UDDI, etc.) so that you can get started with real projects.
I particularly liked the way in which the authors have created an all-in-one reference book on the most important web services technologies. For instance, I've never been able to read SOAP messages without having a reference on XML namespaces and XML schemas handy -- no more -- it's all here in this book.
The coverage of the new Apache Axis project is especially good; not only does it explain the advantages of the new architecture for handling SOAP headers, but it gives code examples for making use of these new features. This is to be expected, since many of the authors of this book are major contributors to the Axis project.
I also found the chapters on Web Services security and UDDI to be helpful and enlightening. While all of the chapters in the book don't live up to the promise of these excellent chapters, it's still overall an great introduction to this new set of technologies.
And by the way, the guy that gave the book 1 star because it has "no source code downloadable" should have first tried going to [...] and done a search on the author's names -- the page for the book CLEARLY has a section for "downloads" where you can get the source code.
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This book can be summed up in one word: bloated. It is too heavy and based on theory rather than real-world examples and summarized concepts. I am a product developer in the working world, and I simply don't have time to churn through this huge book. The only chapter that was slightly relevant was the one on Apache Axis. If you want to learn the ins and outs of web services from a theoretical and architectural standpoint, this might be your book. Otherwise I would go with another book if you want working examples and concise writing.
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This is by far the best book on Web services I have read! There are so many good things going for it. Let's start with the authoring team. I did some research on the Web: three members of the W3C Working Group on XML Protocol (next-generation SOAP), two co-authors of the UDDI specifications, two architects of the next-generation Apache Web services engine (Axis). These people know what they are talking about from both a theoretical and practical standpoint. The book addresses all levels of the Web services technology stack with amazing focus and depth. This book does not just regurgitate the specifications--it goes well beyond them to cover adjacent domains that are relevant. With the knowledge that I have gained from reading this book I feel I am in a much better position to analyze my web services needs, design a service architecture and implement the services necessary to bring it to life. Most importantly, I feel like I have learned how to evaluate the inevitable trade-offs I'll have to make doing real-world development. There are so many examples of this... Chapter 3 does an excellent job of comparing and contrasting RPC-oriented Web services with document (messaging) oriented Web services. This is the kind of out-of-the-ordinary material that imparts truly valuable knowledge on the reader, stuff you will not find while reading the bare specs or one of the quickly hacked together books on Web services. Chapter 5 talks a lot about security, an otherwise missing topic in the Web services space, and about enterprise-quality Web services. I learned some things about configuring application server security that I had missed after two years of J2EE development.Read more ›
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"Web Services" promise to do for interconnected business applications what the traditional web has done for information browsing. Business relationships will be formed and applications interconnected dynamically and automatically: for example, your computer system may arrange automatically to ship packages using a carrier with which you have never done business. Web Services define the standards that will facilitate such communication. In the meantime, before that ambitious vision becomes a reality, the building blocks of Web Services are already being used to connect systems within individual organizations. If you want to know what Web Services can do today, and what's likely to be possible in the future, this book is an excellent place to start.
There are quite a few books that tell you how to use one aspect or another of Web Services technology, but this one tells you why as well as how. The authors are experts in the field, and they write well. The book opens with a comprehensive and thought provoking introduction to the business and technology changes that have motivated the tremendous surge of interest in Web Services. In later sections, both novice and expert programmers will find lots of useful detail on getting started, on putting together the piece parts (XML, SOAP, etc.), and on building realistic sample applications. I have worked on Web Services technologies for nearly three years, and I learned a great deal.
Whether your interest is in programming Web Services, in using technologies like XML or SOAP, or just in understanding why Web Services are generating so much excitement, I highly recommend this book.
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